Girls Grades 6 & 7

Girls in Science: Future Focus is an afterschool program focused on engaging middle school girls in exploring careers in science with like-minded peers. Students will meet women in science or other STEM professions, hear their personal and career stories and engage in fun, hands-on science experiments.

Running in-person March–April, 2022, Future Focus is an intensive, eight-week program for 6th- and 7th-grade girls and nonbinary students who have shown ability and strong interest in the sciences, especially the natural sciences. The Girls in Science mission is to engage girls in hands-on science experiences, connect participants to inspiring women in science and to create a safe atmosphere where diversity can be celebrated and students’ natural curiosity can flourish.


The safety of our participants and staff is our primary concern; as such, students will be expected to follow all current local, State-mandated, and/or CDC-recommended guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and other COVID-19 safety protocol. Participation in this in-person program will require that a parent or guardian show proof that their student is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the case of a medical or religious exemption to vaccination, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will need to be provided on a weekly basis before each meeting.

Failure to comply will result in immediate termination of participation without a refund. Virtual participation will not be offered at this time. Program staff reserve the right to remove non-compliant students from the program at any time. Please direct all questions regarding this policy to Erin Apple at or 919.707.9951.

Fee: $120/child: full or partial need-based scholarships are available and families requesting scholarships are highly encouraged to apply.

Program runs for eight weeks, March 3–April 21, 2022. Meets in person on Thursdays from 4pm to 5:30pm.

To apply, please submit the following three-part online application in full by the deadline of 11:59pm Thursday, February 24, 2022:

Please note that this is a competitive program, and we receive more applications than we can accept. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Erin Apple at

Interested in sharing your career path with the Girls in Science? Submit an inquiry to be a guest speaker!